5th Annual March Mitvah Madness

On the road to making a difference.

Our JCC loves our community and the support we receive from it. In the fall of 2014, we knew we wanted to do something big to give back to our communities.

But how? There are so many different organizations making a difference in our communities.  How could we support just one?  It was in this conversation that the idea of March Mitzvah Madness was born.

We don’t have to support just one group or program, we can support many. And, as the conversations continued, it became apparent that our staff and members had deep connections to a wide variety of Community Organizations and Non-profit groups. We made the decision that the different departments within the JCC would chose an organization that connected to the department.

This year, the Community Organizations and Non-profit groups we are supporting have deep roots within our JCC. The Uncle of Aviv Wagner, one of our Fitness Managers, started the Lev Foundation in Israel. Tim Pino, our Security Director, is on the Board of Directors for the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. Our Special Needs Director, Ellie Willoughby, made a connection with the Shalva National Organization on a recent staff trip to Israel. Our Preschool has developed a relationship with the Somerset County Food Bank as we teach the kids. Our Aquatics Director, Stephanie Johnson, is the head coach of the Rising Ride, a Special Olympics swim team that calls our JCC home.

During the month of March, take a minute and talk to the staff about their charities. Row from the Heart, eat some pasta, Combat Ovarian Cancer, or support one of our other projects below.

Thank you.

What We Are Doing


Saturday, March 9
12:00 – 2:00 PM
$18 per person
Ages 14 and Older

Rowing competition to raise money for The Lev Foundation, in Haifa, Israel.

The Lev Foundation was established in 1991 by parents whose children became ill with cancer and were treated by the Pediatric Oncology Unit at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.

Learn more about The LEV Foundation

Sponsored by JFIT Club at the JCC.


Thursday, March 7
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Items handmade by our J Cares Interns will be on sale.  Proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Shalva National Organization, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.

Learn more about Shalva

Sponsored by the Membership and Special Needs Departments.


Saturday, March 16
9:00 – 11:00 AM (check-in begins 8:30)
Discounted Member Fee: $10.00 | Fee:

Join us for a two-hour LesMills BodyCombat Marathon as we kick and punch to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance which grew out of Ann Schreiber’s personal experience with ovarian cancer, as she envisioned a world free of this devastating disease.

Sponsored by the JFIT Club at the JCC.

Learn more about the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.



NCAA Men's Basketball Bracket Challenge

This Challenge begins on Selection Sunday, March 17 after the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament teams are announced. Simply complete the online bracket and pay the entry fee before noon on Thursday, March 21, and then follow the tournament.

Complete Your Bracket

Entry fee: $25 and is payable by cash at the JCC Welcome Center or via Venmo to (Jason-Silberfein)

60% of all monies collected to the Carole Webb Memorial Fund.

40% of all monies collected will be donated to the winners and broken down as follows:

  • 1st place: 60%
  • 2nd place: 25%
  • 3rd place: 15%


Sunday, April 7
5:00 – 7:00 PM
$10 per person

The community is invited to share a meal and an evening of fellowship with us.  All proceeds collected from the event will be donated to Special Olympics of Somerset County whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Sponsored by the Bridgewater Tide Swim Team and the Aquatics Department.

Learn more about Special Olympics Somerset County


Sunday, April 7
12:30 PM

More details to come.

Sponsored by Camp Ruach and the Jewish Programming Department.


We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the entire month of March for the benefit of the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. whose mission is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community in a manner which recognizes and advances self worth and human dignity.

Collections bins are located in the Main Lobby near the Welcome Center and in Preschool outside of the school office.

Sponsored by the Blaustein Early Childhood Center.

Learn more about the Food Bank Network of Somerset County


We will be collecting items for the entire month of March for the benefit of the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter which provides Animal Control and Companion Adoption Services for Bridgewater, Greenbrook, and Manville, New Jersey.

Collections bins are located in the Main Lobby near the Welcome Center and in Preschool outside of the school office.

Items Needed:

  • Dog and Cat Food
  • New Pet Blankets
  • New Dog and Cat Toys

Sponsored by the Security Department.

Learn more about Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.

Organizations We Are Supporting in 2019.